The prophet and the sceptic: George Eliot and Ford Madox Ford

Haslam, Sara (2007). The prophet and the sceptic: George Eliot and Ford Madox Ford. In: Skinner, Paul ed. Ford Madox Ford's Literary Contacts. International Ford Madox Ford Studies, 6. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, pp. 49–62.

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Abstract

Ford did not write very often, or very much, about George Eliot. His critical reflections on her writing occur on four occasions, in 1911, 1919, 1929 and 1931. This essay contends that, despite the lack of frequency in his critical comment, Eliot had a significant influence on the way in which he thought about, and practised, writing. Discussing each of his treaments of Eliot in detail, and also placing these reactions in context, this chapter concludes with an assessment of perhaps the most significant figure determinng Ford's responses to Eliot: Henry James.

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